I’m a sucker for a second-chance-at-love story. Bringing two people back together so they have to work through the problems of their past in order to create their happy-ever-after future is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. FIGHT TO FORGIVE, the third book in my Letting Go series, centers around Aaron and Freddie, who were each other’s best friends, first loves, then first heartbreaks. As I was writing their story, it seemed every radio station, and even my own music playlists, were determined to dredge up the feelings of their past relationship.
I created a Spotify playlist to share some of the songs that connected most strongly to FIGHT TO FORGIVE. Some of them, like Somebody that I Used to Know or You Run Away, address the hurt and betrayal of the characters’ pasts. Others, like Photograph and Somewhere Only We Know capture the bittersweet memories of looking back at first love.
When you look back at your first relationship, what songs seem to bring back the emotions of that time for you?
Recent college grad Aaron Elliott is a pro when it comes to avoiding conflict. So when he hears his mother and stepfather plan to sell the family’s rambling summer retreat, it takes everything in him to object. The lake house is where he feels closest to his late father. It’s where he fell in love with his best friend…and it’s where he let family pressure decide his future rather than following his heart.
A combat injury has sailor James “Freddie” Fredrick dry-docked, possibly for good. But the pain in his shoulder is nothing like the hurt he feels when he sees Aaron back in town. It’s been four years since the love of his life left without a word—and though Freddie would give anything to deny it, the heat between them hasn’t faded.
Once upon a time, Aaron let Freddie go without a fight. He won’t screw up their second chance to have a happy ending. But unless he makes peace with the past, Freddie won’t be able to face their future.
Book three of Letting Go
j. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult and New Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of… well, everything…but some habits aren’t worth breaking. She’s been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She’s a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending.